An upcoming “Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour” will feature the holograms of late rock legends Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly. The concerts will include a live band and backing singers as well as remastered music, according to Rolling Stone.
Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music, is thrilled to present the tour to fans.
“My father’s music meant the world to not just to us Orbison’s but to millions of fans worldwide,” he said in a statement. “Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience.
“Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favour by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.”
Orbison wrote hits such as “Only the Lonely,” “Crying” and “Oh, Pretty Woman.” He was hugely popular in the ‘60s and made a comeback in the ‘80s. He died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52.
Holly is known for hit songs such as “That’ll be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” He is credited with creating the traditional rock line up consisting of two guitars, bass, and drums. His music inspired many musicians, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Elton John.
Maria Elena Holly, who was married to Holly for six months before he died in a plane crash in 1959, noted that her late husband and Orbison were “Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities.”
She continued, “Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential, and beloved artists in music history.”
Tickets for the North American and European tour go on sale Friday, March 29.
A solo Orbison hologram tour took place in 2018, and the director of “In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert,” will be back for the Orbison/Holly joint trek. A hologram tour featuring Frank Zappa kicks off in April.